Freethinking

I had this rather long post on freethinking, but my bimonthly battle with WordPress ended up eating the stupid thing. I’ll try to repost it. I hate writing things twice… I also hate editing, hence my total failure as a writer.

Matthew Lee got me to thinking (a rare event these days)… what is the underlying cause of becoming a freethinker? What causes someone to turn their back on their traditions, culture, etc in the pursuit of rationality? Is it genetic? Is it choice? Or is it behavior?

Of course, it’s all three… plus the society in which he lives.

OK, that concludes this post…

Kidding…

Genetics – to be a freethinker, one must be able to think. This skill is very difficult to teach and (in my experience) learned on your own. Of course, that’s the best way to learn anything, if you’re willing to put forth the effort to do so. Genetics plays a role in determining how easy this will be for you. Is your brain wired to think rationally?

Choice – here’s the big part. OK, you can think, congratulations. Are you willing to turn you back on everything you grew up with? I think that must be a requirement, because most of us are raised to be religious and to be a freethinker, you (IMO) must turn your back on religion.

Behavior – a minor, but important part. A freethinker functions in the world differently… in our world, it hurts. It drives me nuts to see ads about the ancient Japanese device that removes body toxins through the feet. <shudder>

Society – your society must allow you to become a freethinker. Most societies don’t like people to think. They prefer that people are sheep and easily led.

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~ by OgreMkV on February 14, 2008.

One Response to “Freethinking”

  1. In my view, the most important part of freethinking is having your own identity. The truth is that most of us identify with things other than ourselves and are dominated by them. Such as the concept of nation, our race, gender, political views. All of these can overshadow our own sense of self. Most freethinkers have formed their identities independantly, and do not depend on social concepts for comfort. It explains why there are so few of them. Jesus actually puts it quite nicely “What be it if a man can gain the whole world but lose his soul?” This happens to many people who find themselves selfless in service of an abstraction. They fight for God, for Country, for Family, for the People, whatever else they can come up with which provides them with the security they need.

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